An artist, crowned with a million dollars, that should shake the world of art, already growing as evidenced by the frenzy caused by the imminent 58th Venice Biennale in the beginning of may. The japanese company Nomura Holdings, Inc. announces very formally, this Thursday 20 march, the creation of the most important prizes in terms of monetary value ever awarded in the field of contemporary art, laurels gold designed to “promote creativity”.

Nicholas Serota, 28 years in the service of the Tate in London. Olivia Hemingway/Olivia Hemingway

Each year, or, more exactly, each autumn, a season which is glorious in Japan, Nomura will award the Nomura Art Award to “an artist who produced a series of works of cultural significance major”. The financial endowment of one million US dollars “will allow the winner to take on new challenges and explore new ways of creative”. It can be “used in whole or in part to carry out a large-scale project could not have been achieved without this support.”

For the time being, the name of the winner is an absolute secret, as those of those elsewhere who share or have shared this imperial “short list”. It will be necessary to wait until the end of October to find out who is the artist that meets all of these criteria, as seen from the country of the rising Sun. This test will be very interesting on the odds of an artist, its resonance in the long term and its footprint in the international landscape that remains a juxtaposition of cultures to have different priorities, despite globalization.

The late Okwui Enwezor remains, posthumously, in this first jury of the Nomura art Award. Agence Claudine Colin

Japan is already famous for its Price Praemium Imperiale, which was crowned since 1989 almost all the great artists in five disciplines: painting, sculpture, architecture, music, theatre and/or cinema.

In the painting section, it has opened its first victories with Willem de Kooning and David Hockney in 1989. It has established a precedent prestigious. Antoni Tapiès in 1990, Balthus in 1991, Soulages in 1992, Jasper Johns in 1993, Zao Wou-ki in 1994, Cy Twombly in 1996, robert Rauschenberg in 1998, Ellsworth Kelly in 2000, Lee Ufan in 2001, Sigmar Polke, in 2002, Georg Baselitz in 2004, Robert Ryman in 2005, Yayoi Kusama in 2006, Bill Viola in 2011, Martial Raysse in 2014, the list is impressive and often office of sanctuary, now.

Like it in the sculpture section, with Eduardo Chillida in 1991, Richard Serra in 1994, Christo and Jeanne-Claude in 1995, Cesar 1996, Louise Bourgeois in 1999, Niki de saint Phalle in 2000, Bruce Nauman in 2004, Kabakov in 2008, Richard Long in 2009, Rebecca Horn in 2010 and Anish Kapoor in 2011, Giuseppe Penone in 2014, El Anatsui in 2017 and Nakaya in 2018. Again, the paths of glory have already been studied intensively. Price competition promises to be so tight.

In memory of Okwui Enwezor

Nomura will also award a Emerging Artist Award “two exceptional artists in early career (allocation of 100 000 dollars each). Nomura introduces himself as “the heir to a long tradition of implementation of challenges and change.” His commitment to the arts dates back to its founding by Tokushichi Nomura II, a fervent practitioner of the tea ceremony and patron of the noh theater. In this spirit, Nomura is “proud to inaugurate the Nomura Art Award in 2019, which aims to recognize and promote the achievements of the exception and the potential of contemporary artists,regardless of their place of life and work”.

Doryun Chong, deputy director and chief curator of the museum M+ future cultural hub of hong Kong. Agence Claudine Colin

The winners will be chosen by an independent and international jury composed of museum directors, curators, managers and foundation specialists among the most respected in the world.

judge for yourself! Doryun Chong, assistant director and chief curator of the museum M+, the museum of visual culture under construction by the swiss agency Herzog and De Meuron in the cultural district of West Kowloon in Hong Kong, which is expected to be inaugurated later this year.

The late Okwui Enwezor, historical figure of the Haus der Kunst Munich, curator of the exhibition of Documenta in Kassel (1998-2000) and the Venice Biennale (2015), critic, poet, thinker and editor who has just died at Munich on march 15, and was left an orphan to the world of contemporary african art. Despite his sudden death, a week after the opening of his exhibition El Anatsui in Munich, the Normura Art Award has decided to keep it in the jury for its preparatory work, in memory of her intellectual heritage and symbolic.

Kathy Halbreich, director general of the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, New York.

Max Hollein, the new face of the Met in New York, Yuko Hasegawa, a leading figure of the japanese scene and international. Agence Claudine Colin

Yuko Hasegawa, artistic director of the Museum of contemporary art Tokyo, curator of multiple biennales and major figure of the japanese scene that she was formidably defended in France with Japanorama at the Centre Pompidou-Metz in 2017, and Fukami at the Hotel Salomon de Rothschild in the summer of 2018 .

Max Hollein, the new director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, since August 2018, Austrian, multi-lingual, energetic and charming, which is passed sequentially to the Guggenheim in New York (time Thomas Krens) at the Städel Museum and the Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt before the Fine Arts museums of San Francisco.

Nicholas Serota, a legendary figure of the Tate, of which he was a director feared and respected (28 years!) and now a diplomat of the art, as chairman of the Arts Council, Great Britain.

And finally, Allan Schwartzman, founder and director of Art Agency, Partners (AAP), division chair Fine Arts auction house, american Andy s.

there is No rush to have.

Normura Art Award and Emerging Artist Award does not accept nominations. And the decisions of the jury are final. That is to say, without appeal.

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